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Omega-3 Deficiency May Have Cross-Generational Effect on Cognitive Health

Recent studies have found that the onset of mood disorders and schizophrenia may be linked to omega-3 deficiency. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh took the research a step further and found that omega-3 deficiency in one generation can lead to mood disorders and schizophrenia in the following generation.

The researchers conducted an animal study that included two groups of two generations of rats. One group was fed omega-3 deficient diets and the other omega-3 adequate diets.

Behavioral tasks were administered to the rats in order to measure their learning, memory, decision making, anxiety, and hyperactivity.

Both groups of rats were found to be in generally good physical health. However, the second generation rats with omega-3 deficiency had more noticeable behavioral problems: they were more anxious, hyperactive, learned at a slower rate, and had difficulty with problem solving.

The researchers noted that this discovery indicates that dietary deficiencies can also have an effect on a person’s offspring.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh conducted this study. It was published online ahead of pring on July 29, 2013, in Biological Psychiatry.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in DHA and EPA omega-3s.

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